Motorama Or Bust: Part 8

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It’s been just less than a year since the last update on the Taylor’d Dodge but this one is one that many of you have been waiting for.

In preparation for this weekend’s Detroit Autorama Blair put a lot of work into making the car in a much more drive-able state, seats were upholstered and put in, the shift linkage was sorted out, air ride checked over, fluids filled and the car was fired for the first time.

The video below documents the first start and idle, and is, as far as I know, the only video of a Latham supercharger running anywhere.

As one can imagine there’s still a bit more teething to do before the car is out and driving, but there’s plenty of summer ahead and lots of rubber to burn!

Event Coverage: The 2017 Canadian International Autoshow

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Running throughout mid February The Canadian International Autoshow doesn’t quite signal the end of winter but it’s pretty damn close and always a welcome escape from the cold.

Every year, in addition to debuting a number of new models from major manufacturers (many not just first time showings in Canada but first time shown in North America) the Autoshow curates a few different exhibits designed to showcase various parts of the automotive hobby.

This year the stand out attraction was an exhibit located on the Metro Toronto Convention Center’s 100 level that showcased 50 years of Grand Prix Racing in Canada.

I don’t follow F1 racing particularly closely, but this room was one of my first stops on media day and can you blame me?

As legends of the sport Villeneuve (both Jaquces and Gilles), Schumacher, and Senna are all names that are recognizable to even the most casual of racing fans and seeing the cars they drove to assorted accolades all in one room was pretty incredible.

Despite being 25 years old at the youngest, these cars still look remarkably fast sitting still and looking at the cockpit of Gilles 510 horse power 312T3 I couldn’t help but wonder how exactly he fit inside the car.

I’m a pretty skinny guy but I couldn’t imagine shoe-horning myself into the car, never mind sitting in it at any length of time while wrestling it around a track.

The cars in the 50 years of Canadian Grand Prix showcased technology from eras gone by while in the Infiniti booth sat the latest in F1 technology, the Infiniti/Renault joint F1 vehicle.

After spending previous years working with Redbull, Infiniti has partnered with Renault for the foreseeable future.

The engineering resources of Infiniti will be put to task on the Renault car and Infiniti has been quoted as saying they have no intentions of just being a player in F1, they want podium finishes within the next two years.

Big words, and it will be interesting to see if they deliver on their promises.

Having now seen the car in the flesh I just might tune in to a few races to see how it performs.

Not one to sit on their laurels (or copious amounts of money) Redbull has partnered with Aston Martin in 2017 to create the AM-RB 00. Debuting for the first time in North America the not so creatively named car is designed to be the new super hypercar standard.

Details are still a bit sparse but production will be limited to about 100 units, one race variant and one street going, and the vehicle will be v12 powered.

Ratcheting down the insanity, if only slightly, Pfaff Automotive/Tuning brought a Paganai Huyra to the show which was actually slightly over shadowed by their latest project, a Singer Design, Pfaff commissioned, 911.

In a color-way significantly more outspoken than the one they brought to the show last year, this Singer is of course built to the insane standard that one comes to expect of a car with Singer badging.

Trimmed in blue and red this car is visually loud in person, but at the same time restrained and mature.

The colors make the car stand out and draw the eye but it’s the finer details that keep you looking at this car.

The choice of interior materials plays of the exterior colors and those inserts in the Recaro seats would probably look out-of-place and tacky anywhere else.

Also featured in the Autoexotica room, where the Singer Porsche and AM-RB 00 sat, was all 1500 horse power of the Bugatti Chiron.

Boasting a top speed of 300 or so MPH and looks that could only be from Bugatti this is a car that I’ll likely never seen within the circles I travel, but a man can dream.

If you’re anything like myself looking at the photo above your eyes go to one car and one car only, despite the fact that it isn’t actually the most modern car in the line up nor is it the most expensive.

Top dollar honors go to the Ferrari 250LM below, a similar car to this one fetched a handsome sum of 17.6 million (USD at that) somewhat recently.

Of course all the race prestige in the world doesn’t replace the fact that the F40 was the car that damn near every kid from the 80s had on their wall next to a Countach.

Gushing over these cars every time I see one seems almost redundant at this point but I can’t help it, it is practically ingrained into my blood and this year’s Canadian International Autoshow features not one, but two F40s.

Now Mr. Trig‘s black F40 I have seen before, at Engineered Automotive‘s Cars and Coffee, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive to see again and marks the Canadian International Autoshow the only place where I’ve ever seen two F40s within walking distance of each other.

Speaking of Engineered Automotive they brought this blown C10 to the show, which surprised me because I didn’t know blown, bagged trucks were in their wheel house.

The joke is of course on me because it looks like they are quite adept at building a stand out american classic.

Another standout classic at the show belonged to Peter Klautt of Legendary Motorcar Company.

This L88 is his own personal car, and it wasn’t designed to just look the part of a race car, it’s raced, and raced hard at that.

Regularly driven at speeds in excess of 175 miles per hour this car is a monster and a full feature on it can be read here on superchevy.com

The Art and The Automobile exhibits at the Canadian International Autoshow are always pretty interesting, and for 2017 one of the most prominently featured cars was a concept I had never heard of namely the GM LaSabre.

Designed in an era where cars borrowed more than few design influences from planes, this luxury convertible was designed by Harley Earle who thought jets symbolized the very pinnacle of modern engineering.

Made of fiberglass, aluminum, and magnesium the car is fully functional, and was Harley’s personal car for two years after doing the song and dance on the show circuit.

The car was quite advanced for the time, but the only thing that GM really used from it was the LaSabre name plate which ended up falling under the Buick nameplate.

Buick surprised many at the show with this beautiful Avista sport coupe. An elegant car that debuted last year it is, sadly, one of those ‘design experiments’ that probably won’t ever hit the streets.

I’m not sure if Buick is thinking of going after a younger market, but if they are this car would certainly do it.

Another brand synonymous with ‘old people’ are Lincolns, and this Navigator concept pulled out all the stops showcasing what could be possible if production costs were truly no object.

Gullwing doors, a wardrobe out back, and the most elaborate steps I’ve ever seen fold out of a vehicle, this concept might hint at the general design and shape of the next generation Navigator I highly, highly, doubt many of the other features will make production.

That all said, it was pretty cool to look at. Though I imagine air ride and a body drop would be out because then how would those steps work?

Audi had a few debuts at the show; the  SQ5, new TTRS coupe, the R8 Spyder as well as an RS3 sedan.

I however spent most of my time in the Audi both staring down this R8, which was split in half ala Batman’s Two Face. The Split really shows just how different a race ready R8 is from its factory counterpart.

BMW also introduced a few new cars at the show, none of which were the M6 coupe above but that’s ok.

I really like this style of motorcycle and the R NineT is a pretty rad looking bike, I used to hate the look of BMW bikes growing up so it’s nice to see them release something as awesome looking as this.

I feel like it’s my duty as an aftermarket enthusiast website to mention the Civic TypeR  concept, but honestly I think it’s so far from the original Type R variants that caught everyone’s hearts previously that I don’t feel any major draw to the car.

Still though, hat tip to Honda for throwing us all a bone.

Wondering away from the OEMS Nextmod debuted their latest GTR, a Ben Spora kitted example, that true to their form is done to the 9s. Nice to see Peter with a new car, and hopefully he hands on to this one for a while.

Parked near the GTR was the new ML24 FRS wearing the first production version of their V2 kit which drops the rivets of their frist kit going for a much smoother overall look and feel.

Sitting on ISS forged wheels this car struck a pretty fair balance between function and form and really looked sharp. All the cabs looked great and I didn’t really have any criticisms for the kit as a whole.

It will be interesting to see how many people end up rocking this kit next year and in the years to follow. Nice to see something designed here in Canada, and expect to see a lot more of this car as the year goes on.

I’m going to close out this post with a few other photos from the show, from various areas.


The show runs from now through to the 26th so you’ve got one more week to check it out!

WTF Friday: A Purists Nightmare

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The Porsche brand is in a funny state right now,  it’s exceedingly popular, but at the same time perhaps the most loosely protected.

What I mean is now, possibly more than ever before, people are not scared to cut into Porsche’s of any vintage to create something custom. Singer, RWB, Magnus Walker, and more can all likely be attributed to tearing down some of the mystique around the porch brand.

Should a forgotten forlorn Porsche be restored to its former Factory glory and drive peacefully into the sunset, or, should more people take the lesser traveled path like Danton Arts Kustoms and use the Porsche shell to mimic a genre where the Porsche badge is never seen?


That question is of course rhetorical, and the answer will differ from person to person. From where I am sitting, I like the idea, and I like the fact that unlike this car, Danton executed their Porsche hot rod through to completion.

However, I’m not sure the Porsche body style lends its self to the hot rod treatment all that well, espeically compared to its second cousin the Beetle.

After scroling though the build photos it looks like Danton did an exceptional job pulling it all together and I’m very interested to see this one get more coverage.

Any Stance Is Everyting Fans out in France willing to go seek this car out out in person and give us a rundown?

Le Bueller?

Theme Tuesdays: Valentine’s Day

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If you’re anything like myself you woke up yesterday and thought ‘oh crap it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow’, and if you’re a bit worse than me this post that reminded you Valentine’s Day is today.

Hopefully you don’t fall in the later category because if you do you probably should be out getting a gift instead of procrastinating on the computer or phone.

But since you’re already here you might as well enjoy these cars that feature (mostly) traditional Valentine’s Day colors from the SIE archives.

Purple on pink is a bold choice but can’t argue that it doesn’t work here
This beauty Kustom was at the short-lived Megaspeed show

This jazz themed van is a love shack on the inside
Jazzy ensembles and mood lighting set the tone
And there just might be love potion on the crushed velvet seat
Adam and Eve, still a better love story than twilight
Who’s going to argue with a fella in a large pink truck?
A Street Concepts Model looking dangerous in Pink from Importfest 2012
Neal, of TBA, is actually at the early stages of rebuilding this car. You can follow the build here @tbaprojectr32
This is a bit of a blast from the past in the local scene
Pink really brings out the polish on those wheel lips….
Purple, lace and wires, Los Boulevardos in full effect
The Bloody Mary…
and the Bloody Mary II are both exceptional Impalas
Mark at Wheels Are Everything has done a number of renders like this. Take original catalog art drop it on Astros and thin whites and you’ve got a winner
Rob Crane’s Laurentien might not be Pink but I wanted to post it again.
I’m not sure if he ended up selling it, but if he did the new owner got a fine-looking car
The car is a near spitting image of Mark’s render

Short and sweet this week, hopefully you all have a good Valentine’s Day and or car parts purchasing day.

Or both.

Lost Boy

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The stretch between January first and The Canadian International Auto Show is that hardest time of the year to get original content here on the site. Everything has more or less ground to a halt as people’s cars are in perhaps their most disassembled state with the closest event being weeks, or months away.

The weather just throws another wrench in even the best laid plans, in short it sucks and I complain about it to some degree every year.

In an effort to dig up something original I remembered some photos I took while on vacation in South Hampton Ontario late summer.

The city puts on a weekly cruise in every week in the summer and though the week I was there it was on the smaller side I did spot this drag  strip ready Ddoge hanging down a side street.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the most versed in all Mopars but I think this is a Dodge dart of mid sixties vintage. There was no model badging aside for Dodge on the car however so that is just a guess based on the headlights, tail lights, and subtle trunk fins.

Clearly a purpose-built car — with lexan windows, a full cage, and a mighty hood scoop– I’d imagine if I hung around a few of the race tracks in the area long enough I would come across this car and the its driver’s from the Lost Boys Race Team.

Mopar enthusiasts among us, any speculations regarding the power plant?

WTF Friday: Well That’s Peculiar

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Apologies for the somewhat tame, and brief, WTF Friday this week but I have been a bit under the weather which has made sitting in front of the computer the last place I’ve wanted to be.

However the show indeed must go on as best it can so this week I’ve got an interesting Porsche 928 I discovered on Kijiji.

928s are a bit of an odd duck in the Porsche flock, though there are some diehard fans of this model, most of us simply overlooked it as a blip on the Porsche radar.

Dubbed a fancy Volkswagen by some the boxy wedge design is a bit of an acquired taste especially with the headlights up.

Lights on and coated in black and yellow this car reminds me of the bumble-bee that served as the mascot for my elementary school.

Further proving that beauty is in the eye of the beholder this car is yellow on green leather.

Color choices withstanding  what makes this particular car worth a WTF Friday post is the peculiar approach to the advertised ‘wide body’.

Instead of being molded, or riveted on it appears that the stock rear quarterpanels have been well, pushed out, to accommodate a wheel and tire set up that doesn’t look drastically wider than stock equipment.

Ever versatile chicken mesh fills the gap between the quarter and the bumper but doesn’t cover up the fact that the whole thing looks unfinished at a 3/4 angle.

All that said it could probably make a great chump car for any of you interested. Though the ‘ask for price’ makes me wonder if the owner wants far too much for it.

Try our luck here on Kijiji.

If I Don’t Like It I Don’t Like It, That Don’t Mean That I’m Hatin’

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When Common rapped “if I don’t like it I don’t like it that don’t mean that I’m hatin” he wasn’t talking about the car community, but with enthusiasts being branded as ‘haters’ for simply expressing an opinion that differs from the majority, he easily could have been.

Today it’s not all that uncommon for someone, who for sake of illustration we will call Person A, to post their car (usually modified to the upper extremes of their style choice) online and have it shared on a social media outlet where Person B says “that looks awesome” , person C concurs, and person D says “With modifications one, two and three, I think four through five are not really necessary and take away from the car’s overall look”.

At this point Person A replies with something to the effect of “whatever haters motivate me”, B and C quickly add he didn’t build it for you, and people E through F come out of the woodwork asking “if you don’t like style xyz why are you following Xyz Society?”, before ending with “no one asked for your opinion anyway, hater”.

This alphabet soup example might seem contrived, and depending on what areas of the internet you frequent unrealistic, but trust me it happens with alarming regularity. Calling people “haters” and then completely disregarding what they have to say, no matter how valid or eloquently stated, has become the adult equivalent of covering one’s ears and saying “lalalala I can’t hear you”.

To be honest considering how thin the skin of many enthusiasts appears to be I’m surprised they’ve managed to wield a wrench without it coming through the other side of their hand. Heaven forbid someone try to offer up constructive criticism of any kind and not just an opinion, that might just cause all out anarchy.

Do you think car modification icons like George Barris, Boyd Coddington, and Ed Roth (if for whatever reason those names seem unfamiliar how about Nakai San, Wataru Kato, or Magnus Walker) expected everyone to like what they did and no one to speak up otherwise?

Their styles are all heavily studied, debated, and criticized but, but at the end of the day they all own their aesthetic choices and stand behind them, not behind a sticker that claims they didn’t build it for your approval.

If you want to build a car that represents your taste and personality by all means go for it, but don’t expect everyone to like it and the notion that if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all, is far better suited for the kindergarten classroom than it is in a community made up primarily of adults.

Differences of opinion, especially in a hobby as subjective as car building, is a good thing, and criticism isn’t often meant to insult.

Using myself as an example, just because I don’t like a particular feature of a car, or a particular style of modification, doesn’t mean I don’t respect the build, the builder, or style.

There have been several times where I have lobbied a criticism or query about a modification, or stylistic choice, and received a very detailed valid justification for its execution. That bit of perspective often leaves me respecting the build that much more.

Sure I still might not like it but, if these individuals truly built their car for themselves, and not me, that shouldn’t matter.

Continuing to chastise and drive out those who think differently, or challenge what is currently in fashion, simply encourages more of the same lather rinse repeat, brighter, wider, lower, louder, formula that people are already beginning to tire of.

To sum thing sup as succinctly as I can, I am not proposing a community based on negativity, but rather one where constructive criticism is both effectively given and received without resulting in fierce stand offs and open minds. Sure it might be an idealistic goal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one we should all strive for.

Until we get there however just remember If I don’t like it, I don’t like it that doesn’t mean that I’m hatin’.

WTF Friday: The Hulk Camino

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So I’m totally willing to accept my late pass on this car, that was finished sometime in 2016, but upon discovery yesterday it was an instant WTF Friday pick.

El Caminos are not everyone’s cup of tea, part car/part truck, people don’t really know how to classify them and often just try to avoid them all together.

I, on the other hand, actually don’t mind them, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing quite a few pretty awesome renditions over the years but none quite as wild as this ’59 built by ITW Hot Rods own Chris Walker.

A rough, very rough, car to start with Chris let his imagination run wild when he rebuilt his ‘Hulk Camino’ essentially from the ground up.

Shortened, and chopped the overall design of the car carries with it a lot of Roth influence, looking like one of the famous artists caricatures brought to life.

The forward rake, and double staggered wheels give the El Camino a sense of attitude, and spartan front end treatment make a “I don’t really care what you think” kind of statement.

The Hulk Camino is not just a looker as Chris built the car to be able to cruise and perform.

Beside the single fender, and behind what’s left of the front fascia, is a big block motor fit with a 671 blower and Holy 750 four barrel carbs. Hooked up to a Dana 60 the combo produces enough ‘umph’ to light up the tires and propel the car down the strip in less than 13 seconds at 125 miles per hour.

Personally my favorite details about the car are the roof mounted gear shift (!?) and gull-wing door used to get in.

I don’t expect all of you to dig this car, and quite honestly I think it could do with different wheels, a second fender, and a different muffler treatment, but overall it’s pretty damn awesome and the fact that Chris Drives (and drives it hard) it is even better still.

Hopefully I’ll see some more crazy rides like this in the basement of the Detroit Autorama later this month!

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – January 2017

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Here we are 31 days into the new year conveniently on a Tuesday. How’s the new year new you thing working out? That well huh? Me too.

At any rate if there’s one thing that’s been great about 2017 it’s that there’s been no shortage of new videos, projects, and event coverage to look out for so for the first recently viewed post of 2017 I am going to switch things up and devote it only to videos I watched recently that were released in 2017.

The variety takes a small hit this time around, as I actually watch a wide variety of vintage videos, but I’ll double back for those next month!

Not one but two BMX/drift related videos this month, pretty rad. Luke Fink’s V10 e46 sounds absolutely incredible.



I’d really like to go to a proper tractor pull in Ontario, if someone can lett me know where one is that would be great, seriously!





I had no idea that Gravedigger is still a painted truck, with all the recent advancmnets in wraps I just assumed the art was done digitally. Pretty cool to learn it is not considering how often Dennis and crew go through the bodies, wonder if the same holds true for Son-Uva Digger?

WTF Friday: The Cros

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There are no rules to hot rodding. Often said, not so often executed, at least not so much today and that is what makes cars like this Crosely so refreshing.

Styled after 60s era competition cars this car was built with the attention to detail of a show car, but the attitude of a proper race car.

A homage of sorts this Crosley is now very little Crosley at all.

Everything but the body was either discarded, or left where it was found, and the two door shell has been painted bright red with period correct gold leaf lettering added.

The body now sits atop a custom rail frame that extends way out in front of the car to a fitting straight axle set up.

Several feet behind the tank, stuffed mostly in the Crosley engine bay sits a 454, 14.5:1 compression, motor that’s been ported, polished, cammed and fit with a Hilborn fuel injection system.

Since the front wheels are no longer anywhere near the wheel wells the headers dump straight out from there, where they no doubt provide quite a soundtrack when the car is running.

Though pretty minimalistic the interior is fairly era correct. Fiberglass buckets are used and “speed holes” can be found in a few of the components mimicking what racers still do today to save weight wherever possible.


The pedals and shifter have been custom made from aluminum and the floors and transmission tunnel are done beautifully in sheet metal. Interestingly enough there’s also a small stereo and 8 track player.

Not sure you’d be able to hear the tunes while the car is running but let’s not dwell on that.

Capping off the interior is a suitable red flake steering wheel.

The exaggerated rake of the car is partially to do with how the body was mounted, and partially to do with the 15×10 Radar wheels out back and skinny magnesium wheels up front that, of course, have no brakes to be seen behind them.

Crosley dragseters might not be a new creation, with Google revealing a couple over the years, but this one just might be the cleanest built and it has to be to justify it’s current near 60 thousand us price tag. A bit (ok a lot) rich for my blood this is one car that I’ll only be able to look at from afar, or watch walk-arounds about in videos like the one below.

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